Nekir in Mohammedanism, is one of the two angels who wake up every dead body, and ask for the faith of its former possessor. If he be true, he is refreshed with the dew of paradise, and laid to rest again; but if he is not favorable to Islam, he is whipped with two iron rods until he yells aloud, and then is cast into a snake's nest, where poisonous reptiles gnaw at him until the resurrection.

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